“We knew coming in they were going to be a tough team,” said B.B. Comer head coach Anthony Jacks. “Physically we just can’t match their size and athleticism at every position across the board. They have great athletes and they execute very well. They’re not going to make many mistakes. That’s where we want to be. We’re still making too many simple mistakes.”
Comer turned the ball over three times in the first half.
“They’re too good for us to help,” Jacks said.
The win seemed to be an easy one for Handley head coach Mike Battles, whose team moved to 2-0 with the victory.
“They’re young, and we came out with an experienced bunch of football players,” Battles said. “We were fortunate to get a touchdown on our first drive. They’re going to win some ball games, but it just wasn’t their night.”
DeMarcus Samuels led Comer (0-2) with 94 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Handley’s Breyon DeBerry carried eight times for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Two first-quarter touchdowns from Quay Hunter of 18 and 19 yards and a 1-yard run Chris Dillard put Handley up 22-0 after the first frame.
On the first play of the second quarter, Handley quarterback Trae Kyles caught the home team napping with a 15-yard floater to Tevin Cook in the left corner of the end zone to go up 29-0 after the extra point.
After recovering a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Handley made it 36-0 with a 14-yard run by Coby Floyd.
Handley’s final score came on 5-yard dash from DeBerry in the third quarter to bring the score to 43-0.
Comer did not give up, and continued to play hard throughout the night. The team’s most productive drive began with about eight minutes remaining in the third quarter, and ended up spilled into the fourth.
Directed by junior quarterback Joseph Treadwell, who completed two passes on the drive for 26 yards, Comer marched from their own 19-yard line into Handley’s red zone.
Quaderie Norwood, who rushed nine times for 26 yards on the drive, capped it with a 1-yard touchdown, keeping his team from being shut out.
On Comer’s next possession, a 39-yard pass from Treadwell to receiver Owen Wallace set up Comer’s second score of the night — a quick 1-yard burst from Samuels.
Treadwell converted the extra point to Eric Williamson to make it 43-14 with five and half minutes left in the game.
“We rotated Joey and Corey last year a pretty good bit,” Jacks said. “Corey’s so versatile, he can play so many positions. Joey knows the offense, he’s very smart and he knows how to go in and execute. We’ll play both of them.”
Handley now leads the all-time series between the two schools 5-3.
Handley will travel to Beulah next Friday, while Comer heads to Walter Wellborn. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
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